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Stephen King has written some 40 books and novellas, including CARRIE, THE STAND, RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (from the collection DIFFERENT SEASONS), BAG OF BONES and ON WRITING. He won America's prestigious National Book Award. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.
YA‘Ralph Roberts has been waking earlier and earlier every night for weeks, and the forgetfulness and weariness caused by sleep deprivation are starting to affect him. When he begins to see brilliant auras around people and objects, his concern grows. As his nights become shorter, his visions become more terrifying, and yet more real. Strange forces are maneuvering for power in Derry, Maine, and somehow Ralph is a part of the conflict. Well-read students will note references to Greek mythology, the Bible, and to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (Houghton, 1967) interspersed with modern cultural allusions. King's forte, however, is characterization, and there is no shortage of it here. Good guys and evil are well developed, with a depth that makes them believable. Although Ralph is clearly identified as a septuagenarian, he is never stodgy or prudish, and will appeal to teens. Some of King's more recent novels, such as Gerald's Game (1992), have been disappointing, but Insomnia is closer to It (1987) and Needful Things (1992, all Viking) in its suspense and entertainment potential. A good return trip to Derry, Maine.‘Robin Deffendall, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA
'Stephen King brings his usual chilly touch to INSOMNIA, the story of a small-town gripped by a creeping evil ! This is not a horror story in the classic mould; it is a supernatural adventure romp on the fringes of the imagination, popular fiction at its best' -- The Times 'A supreme page-turner and a plot that will keep you awake at night' -- GQ 'As accomplished as ever' -- Interzone
Celestial forces of good and evil wage an apocalyptic war in a small Maine town in this 14-week PW bestseller. (Sept.)
The publisher plans to promote King's latest bit of horror with an advertising campaign-aimed at everything from TV to online services-that says, ``Insomnia. It looms.'' A BOMC main selection.